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In 2013, the leadership of Douglas County School District (DCSD) stole 7,458 sick days from teachers who needed time to recover from a serious accident, severe illness, or for maternity leave. Teachers voluntarily donated some of their own sick leave so they could help their colleagues when they needed it the most, in order to fund the bank. 


Over the years, the sick leave bank helped numerous teachers feed their families, keep their homes, and pay part of the medical bills that come after a long illness.  Douglas County’s sick leave bank was similar to those that are found in most other metro